Today’s post is about something I feel like everyone struggles with: productivity. If you don’t have a problem with this and you’re always productive, congratulations, I would love to meet you ;-). As I work in an office every day we always talk about this subject and I still wish I I could improve a little bit. In all honesty, some days are just better than the others regarding productivity but I’ve noticed a couple of things that have helped me to get better and I really wanted to share them with you:

1. Start your day right: I’ve learned that it’s better to take a little bit more time in the morning in stead of jumping into work right away. Setting the alarm half an hour earlier worked wonders for me and I personally have a rule to not take my phone into the bedroom. When I start working in the morning I want to make sure I’m fresh and ready.

2. The elimination process: Eliminate the things that don’t matter during your workday such as being on What’s App, thinking about your groceries etc.

3. Cut your to do list: setting unrealistic goals will always be a productivity killer! I still have a hard time with keeping my to do list to a minimum because 1) I just have a shitload of work to do every day and 2) I feel guilty if my to do list seems like I don’t work hard enough (which is absolutely stupid but I still feel this way). It will probably take a lifetime to reach a perfect to do list but I’ll keep working on it each and every day. For now I just try to be realistic.

4. Take small breaks: In stead of having one lunch break I personally feel like we work better if we take more 10 minute breaks. Drinking a little coffee, breathing in some fresh air, it can do wonders to your productivity!

5. Don’t multitask: Multitasking for me is another huge productivity killer. I’m slightly chaotic and am always working on three things at the same time which makes me not focus the way I should on all three of them. I’m currently training myself on this one and I hope I will do this automatically soon.

6. Save time e-mailing: I can get lost in writing e-mails and take so much time to write the ‘perfect e-mail’. I’ve learned that it’s so much better to answer an e-mail right away. Whenever I don’t replying to certain e-mails they become a big thing in my head and I will just postpone answering/writing them.

7. Make use of the Reward system: We’re all still little kids right? At least I know I am, so whenever I really have to get loads done I always think of a reward for myself if I finish a big project (online shopping, lots of candy, etc.) It might sound stupid but I promise it works!

8. Have an organized desk: I almost feel guilty for writing this down as I’m looking at one big mess on my desk at the moment but I work way, way better when I have a nice, organized desk. Organized house -> organized mind is what they say.

Hope these tips will help! I would LOVE to know if you have some more additions as this is something I’m always interested in and I bet my readers are too. Looking forward to reading them. Big kiss, N.

Disclaimer: header image found on Pinterest


  • Reply August 27, 2014


    I’m really glad with this post since I’m being absolutely not productive lately (read : productivity = 0%)
    Maybe something that you could do a post on is nice office supplies (practical yet cute or cool agendas/notebooks/pencils/.. etc.) it’s so much nicer when you work with things that you love 🙂
    I’m constantly searching for a better agenda, I would be so happy if I found one!
    But it’s all up to you of course since this is your blog 😉
    One more thing I’d like to say is that I really really love your posts with blogging tips, you can never have enough in my opinion so thank you Noor!
    Lots of love & hopefully you have a productive day hehe
    xo Lyn

    • Reply August 29, 2014


      Hi Lyn, I’ve recently posted my top 5 list of agendas and I was thinking it might help you to find the perfect one. Take a look here:

    • Reply September 8, 2014

      Queen of Jet Lags

      Hey Lyn, thanks so much for your nice comments and your idea for a new post! I will definitely take it into consideration because I 100 % agree with you 🙂 xoxo

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  • Reply August 27, 2014


    This is awesome. I totally procrastinate on writing emails because I want it to be “perfect.” Thanks for the tips! xo


  • Reply August 27, 2014

    (Red) Sonja

    Hele handige tips! Ik herken me in best veel. Ik ben best wel een chaoot en ik heb ook de neiging om op een dag 100 dingen te willen doen, terwijl dat absoluut onmogelijk is en ga dan zitten multi tasken, haha! En ik stel het beantwoorden van mails ook uit. Eerst denk ik dan “Oh, die beantwoord ik zo wel!” en vervolgens vergeet ik het. Oeps! Handig dus deze tips 😉

  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Paula Fleur

    Thank you for tips! Wish to be more productive!
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  • Reply August 27, 2014


    I love all of your images they are beautiful !! Great Post

  • Reply August 27, 2014


    Great post, thanks for the tips 🙂
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  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Tiny Tang

    never thought of a reward system, that’s so cool and interesting! but definitely agree with everything you’ve written 🙂 x
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  • Reply August 27, 2014

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  • Reply August 27, 2014


    Top post! Altijd handig zulke tips. Iedereen kampt denk ik wel met zulke problemen 😉

  • Ahh wat een fijne tips weer! Super leuk om te lezen! Helaas heb ik niet de mogelijkheid om kleine pauzes te nemen op school, maar de rest wil ik wel gaan toepassen op mijn schoolwerk en als ik aan het bloggen ben! Liefs

  • I am so with you on all these tips….yes we all think multi-tasking can do more things but it really does not!!! BTW, what say you we follow each one at Twitter….I’m already following you too at IG!


  • Reply August 27, 2014


    So guilty of so many of these! But especially multi tasking! That’s my biggest hurdle to overcome right now. I have so much trouble staying focused, because if I don’t do something right away, I’ll forget to do it! But these tips have been super helpful! Thanks! Looking forward t more posts like this.


  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Sharrel Veenstra

    Amazing tips!


  • Reply August 27, 2014


    Amazing post to read especially right before school. Super helpful!

  • Reply August 27, 2014


    These are some awesome tips! Thank you for posting!


  • Reply August 27, 2014

    Motilayo W.

    Awesome tips,
    I think these will help me so well. Thank you so much!

    Much Love, M

  • Reply August 28, 2014


    Every day I start with a full to do list and end with a full to do list…I needed this post 🙂

  • Reply August 28, 2014


    I think that this advices will work. I will need it soon during college.

  • Reply August 28, 2014


    Love this!! I really like the idea of taking 10 minute breaks instead of just one long hour break at a time… Keeping that in mind for today!

  • Reply August 29, 2014


    I agree about multitasking and setting realistic to do lists. When I am working on something important, I try not to switch my attention from this task until I am done. It really helps me to concentrate better. Also, I always have 2 columns in my to do list: Must To and Need To Do. By doing so, I know that the first column is extremely important and has to be done, while second one is important but can wait.
    Overall, it was a great post – thank you! If you have a minute, check out my recent post Street Smart Advice for Book Smart Bloggers here:

  • Reply September 1, 2014


    Thanks for these tips! They’re really helpful!
    Love, Elsa

  • Reply September 2, 2014


    I always schedule my facebook posts, so I don ”t get tempted to post every few hours and stay on facebook for an hour,

  • Reply September 24, 2014


    Good tips! What I tend to do with things that have to be done but not straight away is book a slot for them in my diary, as a way to get them off my list. In some cases I’ll get to do them before that, but at least I won’t need to be worrying about them because I know I’ve allocated time to do them when it’s more convenient (hopefully!)

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